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Mitchell welcomes more than 240 new students to campus

William Mitchell College of Law is welcoming more than 240 entering students to campus this fall.

The second cohort of students in Mitchell’s one-of-a-kind Hybrid J.D. Program started their Preparation Week on Monday, August 31. The group hit the ABA limit of 96 students, up from 85 in the first class. The students hail from 34 states and come from careers in medicine, law enforcement, accounting, business, engineering, and more. Continue reading

Hybrid J.D. Program

Hybrid Program named one of “10 Most Promising Innovations in Legal Education”

PreLaw magazine, in its back-to-school issue, listed Mitchell’s hybrid online/on-campus J.D. program as one of the “innovations that have the greatest potential to change legal education for the good.” Mitchell’s approach will likely be a model for others, the magazine said. “This innovation is likely to continue to soar as technology improves and schools create curriculums to take advantage of the advances.”  Continue reading

Expert Witness Training Academy

Expert Witness Training Academy brings scientists, law students together

Earlier this month, 22 climate scientists from around the country joined 20 law students at Mitchell to participate in the Expert Witness Training Academy. The academy, a one-of-a-kind experiential seminar led by Professors John Sonsteng and Jim Hilbert, along with Program Coordinator Dr. Linda Thorstad, teaches scientists how to better communicate their expertise to non-scientists. This is the fifth year that William Mitchell has hosted the program, which was originally conceived by Sonsteng and David Verardo, director of the Paleoclimate Program for the National Science Foundation, which funds the program for the scientists.

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Associate Dean for Administration Mary Pat Byrn signed an agreement Aug. 11 for Mitchell to partner with Aichi Law School in Nagoya, Japan, represented by Dean Hirofumi Ito.

Mitchell partners with Japanese law school

A new international partnership for William Mitchell College of Law has its roots in a friendship that started nearly 30 years ago.

Ken Port and Hirofumi Ito met as students at the University of Wisconsin Law School and stayed in touch after Ito completed his one-year program and returned to Japan. “His three boys and my two girls grew up together,” said Port. Continue reading


Working with Mitchell professor, alum on immigration issues leads student to Hybrid Program

Taylor Levy is dedicated to social justice, particularly causes pertaining to low-income immigrants. Friends and family encouraged her from an early age to attend law school.  But as a foster mom to four children who works full time as a family immigration program coordinator and immigrant advocate in El Paso, Texas, she didn’t have time and wasn’t close to a legal education program that worked with her busy life. Continue reading


Positive steps for Mitchell, Hamline combination

ABA review date set, trustees named

Plans to combine William Mitchell College of Law and Hamline University School of Law continue to progress, with an American Bar Association committee set to review the proposed union in September, as expected, and a slate of leaders elected to the governing board for what will become Mitchell|Hamline School of Law. Continue reading